Viniyoga is all about adaptation. Viniyoga is based on the guru/student model, in which an experienced teacher works individually with each student, making a personalized yoga program for them based on such factors as health, age, and physical condition, including past or current injuries. Read on for more information on Viniyoga and other yoga styles that focus on a personalized practice.
Because Viniyoga practice is so adaptable, it makes yoga available to those with physical limitations, whether through injury, illness, or age. It can be very gentle, but is not exclusively so. If a student is more adept, the practice will be adapted to suit them.
The name Kripalu is associated both with a style of hatha yoga and a yoga and wellness center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Both were founded by yoga guru Amrit Desai, who came to the United States from India in 1960. Kripalu is a yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation that overflows into daily life. Kripalu also focuses on looking inward and moving at your own pace.
Iyengar aims to make yoga accessible through the ample use of props. In fact, most of the common props you see in yoga studios, such as blocks, straps, and blankets, are innovations borrowed from Iyengar.
I got a tip about wheel pose last week that is just too good to keep to myself. My teacher casually mentioned that current thinking suggests we might want to widen the position of our hands, moving them out from the traditional just-under-the-shoulders position, before pushing up. Well, current thinking is right on target; this wider arm position made a world of difference for tight-shouldered me. Thanks, current thinking, keep up the good work!